No fewer than 9000 people have benefited from the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme in 12 local government areas of Kogi, Mrs Falilat Abdulrasak, the state’s Unit Head, disclosed this on Tuesday in Lokoja.
Abdulrasak told journalists at the end of a two-day training for facilitators from nine local government areas, that about 9000 beneficiaries have been receiving the monthly cash transfer of N5000 in the 12 LGAs in the state.
She noted that 131 facilitators from the 12 local government areas were previously trained and had started work in their various communities.
“Today, additional 82 facilitators from the remaining nine local government areas in Kogi have also been trained to carry out the same functions at the grassroots so that the whole state will be covered.
“These facilitators will be working and relating with the targeted beneficiaries for the implementation of the cash transfer programme in communities and in LGAs.
“We have 82 facilitators selected based on wards across the nine LGAs; though all the wards were not covered, because the selection was based on Community Based Targeting (CBT) by the office of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).
“We are lucky in Kogi State that the Federal Government is covering all the local government areas in our state,’’ she said.
Mr Adoga Ibrahim, Special Adviser to the Governor on Multilateral Donor Agencies and Special Projects/Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, told NAN that the CCT was aimed at alleviating poverty.
He added that the targeted beneficiaries were the poor and vulnerable households in the communities to help them build resilience to withstand shock and risks as well as improve human capital development.
Ibrahim applauded the governor for putting up good structure and for backing up all the programmes with the state’s counter-part funding to support their operations with a furnished and digitalised office.
One of the participants, Mohammed Hassan, commended the federal and the state governments for the initiative, saying “I wish the programme will continue beyond this government”.
Hassan, a desk officer with Ankpa Local Government, urged the coordinator of the programme to correct the problem of placement of communities in wrong wards.